Principled Archivists: How to Make the Proposed New DACS Principles Work for You and Your Users
Workshop instructors: Maureen Callahan, Smith College Libraries
Adrien Hilton, Houghton Library, Harvard University
• Co-Sponsored by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.)
Friday, July 27, 2018. 9am-5pm
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT
Maximum number of registrants: 30
NEA/A.R.T. members $85
Non-NEA/A.R.T. members $100
Is your description helping your users?
In this workshop, participants will test the proposed newly revised DACS principles, which provide an updated framework for archival description, against real-world researcher needs. This full-day workshop provides an opportunity for the archives community to learn more about the DACS revision process and the rationale behind revision. Most importantly, archivists will leave the workshop with a framework for determining how these principles can help structure a descriptive program.
In this lively mix of presentation, discussion, and active learning, participants will:
1) discuss and develop strategies for educating peers and colleagues about the proposed principles;
2) engage in activities and exercises that will teach them how to enact these principles at their home institutions;
3) learn how the principles can be a tool for advocacy and how to implement them.
With a fuller understanding of why and how the Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard (TS-DACS) revised the principles, as well as of how the current and revised principles interact and overlap both with each other and with Records in Context (RiC), participants will leave the session energized and equipped to integrate the principles more deeply into their own archival practice.
Everyone with an interest in archival description and the revised DACS principles is welcome.
Describing Archives: A Content Standard is sponsored and maintained by the Society of American Archivists. The revised principles are still in the community comment phase and have not yet been adopted by SAA Standards Committee or SAA Council.